Lars Carlström wrote this article that will be published in Dagens Arbete, the paper of the union IF Metall today. Here’s a translation:
Swedish industry’s reputation in Europe is seriously damaged by the government’s official non-involvement in the SAAB, none of our leading ministers have set foot in Trollhattan the past two years despite the massive problems the automobile industry has undergone, there are exceptions in the alliance, Mats Odell (KD) has worked to create an engagement, he has acted as he should, he has visited the factory supported the staff and talked highly of the company and its directors who are doing their best to solve its problems.
Unfortunately, not everyone in the alliance government has the same intentions. I’m talking primarily about Moderates malevolent agenda regarding both the company’s owners and management that obviously affects Saab’s 3800 employees and the entire automotive cluster in western Sweden, a total of up to 120,000 jobs, those are the same people who claim to preserving jobs in Sweden, and claim to have this as their main issue.
Applying the ministerial rule at all cost by running their strange beliefs on the owners and management shortcomings as an extension could lead to serious disturbances of the Moderates’ rampage in the 2014 election campaign.
The Conservatives are quite confident that Saab has no future under the current owners and management, about that you can think what you want, but it does not justify ministerial rule through manipulation and domination aimed to change a private company ownership, I’m talking about the influence of the EIB on the Antonov issue where a number of processes were delayed and prevented by the mainly Conservative hidden agenda on the issue, and now their active involvement in the reconstruction process, this operation was however exposed by the media a few weeks ago. This had the effect that the Ministry of Enterprise, which owns the issue, felt run over as the Ministry of Finance has taken a number of remarkable initiatives, with the result that it totally dropped the matter from its business, at least officially, a serious tear in the paint for Borg. The internal problems with that matter are extensive and it would be wrong to talk about the government’s behavior when it is limited to the now hubris fueled Conservatives whose arrogance and authoritarianism will lead to future mistakes.
The problems we now see in SAAB is primarily a result of the Moderates’ role in question which skillfully manipulated public opinion, the journey to success on the issue has been long and it has internally expressed surprise that the company is still alive despite their efforts. Back in April this year Volvo / Geely representatives were contacted by the Finance Ministry to probe the possible involvement of a solution for SAAB which did not contain the current owners and management. The pattern is familiar already thinking mainly of Carnegie and HQ bank where the similarities are striking.
I call for a truth and constitutional hearing with Anders Borg and Fredrik Reinfeldt to investigate their involvement in the issue, an European disgrace.
Scandinavia Manager Convers Group
While I am no friend of conspiracy theories in general, the Saab saga has some strange twists that are hard to explain with common sense alone. Anyway, this piece will surely cause some discussion so if you want to have your say – comments are open.